A Message from President Hanson

 President Kent Hanson quote

This June, Anoka Technical College published it's first community newsletter. We hope you enjoy learning about the programs, events and people that make us proud of our community. I am so pleased with the difference Anoka Tech makes in the lives of our students.

Have you been to Anoka Tech lately? If not, please come visit! With the help of our community partners and the Anoka Tech Foundation, we have made big investments to improve our college over the last five years: a brand new Surgical Technology lab and classroom space; upgraded Automotive and Machining labs; hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of state-of-the-art equipment in our Machine Trades program; and a new high-tech simulation lab for our Nursing program. You can read all about them in the article, Modern Training and Education for a Skilled Workforce. We will continue to stay on top of industry trends and transform our learning spaces so that our students are as prepared as they can be for today’s workforce.

Technical college is not a second choice. It’s a viable and exciting option, and an important one for our communities. I personally started my career in higher education at a technical college studying radiologic technology. It led to a career and many future opportunities that ultimately landed me where I am today — a college president. Many of our grads get a great start with a technical education from Anoka Tech, and I invite you to read their stories:

The decisions we make, the actions we take, and the way our resources are spent at Anoka Tech are guided by the college’s strategic plan. Our recently-updated strategic plan has the following goals: (1) Commit to student success; (2) Promote academic excellence; (3) Foster a vibrant culture that practices equity and inclusion; and (4) Establish a strong reputation and valuable partnerships. It is my hope that you will see these goals come to life in the stories we tell.

If you have an Anoka Tech story to share, please let us know!


Kent Hanson, Ph.D.

President, Anoka Technical College

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